Has anyone seen The Cottonpatch Gospel?
I saw it in Atlanta probably over 20 years ago and found it to be much like Godspell in its keeping pretty much to the text and the music was more bluegrass and country.
It was pretty awesome.
The text of the musical was based on Clarence Jordan's paraphrase of the New Testament into the vernacular of the South, called the Cotton Patch Version of the New Testatment.
Clarence Jordan, BTW, was a great Christian man. He founded an inter-racial Christian community in rural Georgia dedicated to living out the gospel directives to live simply and share generously. And he did it even before the civil rights movement took legs!
Also, he was careful to note that this was not a translation, He was just trying to put the words of the Bible into the words of everyday rural southerners. He recommended the Revised Standard Version for serious Bible Study.
Clarence Jordan died in 1969 at only 57 years old. He was way ahead of his time. May his memory be eternal.